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Birdie Monk Holsclaw Scholarship (applications due by 1 October)—open to anyone (with the exception of members of the Birdie Monk Holsclaw Memorial Fund Committee and current members of the Executive Board of the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies).

In the summer of 2010 the Birdie Monk Holsclaw Memorial Fund Committee announced the establishment of the Birdie Monk Holsclaw Scholarship for IGHR. The scholarship is named for and in honor of Birdie Monk Holsclaw, who for many years attended IGHR and was also a frequent IGHR lecturer.

The scholarship, which covers the cost of tuition, will be awarded annually and is open to anyone (with the exception of members of the Birdie Monk Holsclaw Memorial Fund Committee and current members of the Executive Board of the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies).

Applications are due on or before October 1 of each year and will be reviewed by the Birdie Monk Holsclaw Memorial Fund Committee. The scholarship must be used during the IGHR for which the application is made. Please include the following in your application:

  • Name
  • Address
  • E-mail
  • Phone
  • The length of time you have been doing genealogy
  • The name of the IGHR course you plan to attend
  • In 500 words or less, a description of how participation in this course will benefit you.
  • In 250 words or less, tell us about yourself
  • A letter of recommendation from another genealogist

The recipient of the scholarship will be notified by e-mail no later than December 10.

Please send your application to:

Birdie Monk Holsclaw Memorial Fund Committee
c/o Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies
P.O. Box 40270
Denver, CO 80204-0270

2017 Birdie Monk Holsclaw Scholarship Recipients Announced

MerylSchumacker cropCongratulations to Meryl Schumacker winner of a Birdie Monk Holsclaw IGHR Scholarship. She will be taking Course Three: Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis with Judy Russell in July. Meryl is a professional genealogist and writer living in New York City. Her work will be published in the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society's The New York Researcher this spring. She became interested in genealogy after growing up listening to stories about her immigrant ancestors. She holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University and a B.A. in Cinema & Media Studies from Carleton College. Meryl had the opportunity to review successful BCG applicant portfolios at the 2016 FGS Conference and noticed IGHR popped up over and over again, in particular the Advanced Methodology & Evidence Analysis course. After taking an FGS class with Judy Russell, she couldn't imagine a better learning opportunity than a weeklong institute with Judy at IGHR. Meryl is thankful for this opportunity so early in her career and hopes to "pay it forward" by becoming a genealogy educator like Judy Russell” in the future.

Denise CrossCongratulations to Denise Cross winner of a Birdie Monk Holsclaw IGHR Scholarship. She will be taking Course Three: Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis with Judy Russell in July. Denise is a full time librarian at a Massachusetts community college. She said she chose Course Three because she wants to continue honing her research and analysis skills and learn from and with the best in the field. She has been doing genealogical research since 1996 and began more formalized training in genealogy in 2015 with the Boston University Certificate Program in Genealogical Research, followed by the Excelsior University Practicum in Genealogical Research in 2016. She recently completed the last month of ProGen Study Group 28, and is a member of Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Maine Genealogical Society, Connecticut Society of Genealogists, New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, New England Historical Genealogical Society, National Genealogical Society, and Association of Professional Genealogists. One of her goals is to take her years of research and transform them into published articles.

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